Chapter 4

Delving into the Criminal Mind


Bullet Looking into forensic psychiatry

Bullet Reviewing tests used for psychiatric assessment

Bullet Digging into deception

Bullet Determining competence and sanity

Bullet Understanding serial offenders

Unlike hair, shoeprints, or weapons, the motivations of criminals aren’t visible, and they can’t be studied under a microscope or analyzed in a chemistry lab. That makes psychiatry a different animal completely. Nonetheless, it’s an ever-growing field that not only helps investigators sort fact from fiction but guides investigations by providing often astoundingly accurate descriptions of who the perpetrator is likely to be.

Investigators use physical and biological evidence to determine the who, what, and how. Forensic psychiatrists help flesh out the why. And the why is often the most valuable piece of information for solving the crime, because few, if any, crimes are committed without a motive, a why.

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